Russian Izhmash SVD - Tiger

I have owned the Chinese NDM86 since 2005 and have had a total of three different rifles over the years including the 308 version. In all that time I did not have a huge interest in the Tiger because functionally they are the same rifle as the NDM86, minus a few cosmetic differences and manufacturing details. As prices climbed from $1500 to $4000+ they became even less attractive since I already had my well seasoned NDM, but in 2016 I decided to pick a Tiger up anyway. After being patient and with a little bit of luck I found a Tiger that fit my budget and my feature needs with the right accessories

This particular Tiger has been modified from factory import configuration by having an adjustable gas regulator installed as well as the SVDS style flash hider and black polymer furniture. I am really enjoying the shorter barrel compared to the NDM. The balance changes a bit and it feels sort of like the difference between the AK105 and the fullsize AK74M


During late 2016 I bought a Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 and began the long post 41F wait to get the stamp approved. In 2017 I decided I want to suppress my Tiger but didn't want to permanently modify the rifle or get a custom barrel made for it...so after thinking about it for a while I searched for and found a great machinist who had an NDM86 and was willing to take on the project
A few months later and he produced one of the coolest things I have seen in the combloc rifles arena...a 24x1.5 front site block custom designed for the Tiger.

I am a huge fan of the AK74 and the 24x1.5 FSB has always been a big part of the reason why. There are so many muzzle device options for it and 5.45 brake performance has made me a huge believer for how effective the AK74 FSB is. Since I didn't want to permanently modify my Tiger this seemed to be the right way to go and will hopefully have the same utility and effectiveness on the Tiger shooting with a brake or suppressed


My machinist friend did an amazing job to say the least, and BR762
of the AKFiles.net worked his gunsmith magic to bring it all together. I am more than thrilled with the results and will be testing suppressed as soon as I can


 
Have not grouped this particular rifle but in my experience Tigers are more accurate than the NDM86 out of the box and react well to quality ammunition a bit better, IMO

I am especially enjoying the PSU 1 or 4 optic even though it is calibrated for 5.56. Shown here with Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1 suppressor


With NPZ PSU 1 or 4x (Russian Elcan) and MP4-20 spotter scope on the NPZ SVD rail



Comparison to the full size NDM86


The custom 24x1.5 front site block


Due to a slight taper to the end of my Tiger muzzle BR762 added a 3mm and a 4mm pin to keep the 24x1.5 FSB stable at the front (similar to the late 80's AK74 FSB)


Comparison to modern Tiger SVDS FSB (top) and early SVDS FSB (bottom)



With AK103 7.62x39 brake
. When combined with the polymer stock this really makes the Tiger a soft shooter (particularly when compared to the standard Tiger naked muzzle and wood hunting stock)


Bulgarian Flash Hider 24x1.5






At 300 yards 180gr soft point Sellier & Bellot did pretty well through PN22K

So far the suppressor is running great. I've put about 300 rounds down range of various ammo including Sellier & Bellot 180gr SP hunting ammo. Suppression is quite good but not hearing safe to the shooter


From 1m away left or right the Wolverine makes a huge difference to bystanders and at 5-10m it's actually very quiet
. Similar to suppressed 5.56 ARs and AK74s the supersonic crack is the only significant noise during shooting













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